L’Escargot

L'Escargot

L’Escargot: a Soho institution that exudes French flavours and old-world panache. For one of the most classic (and classy) dinners in town, book yourself into the restaurant. But if you want a members’ club experience that’s intimate, quirky and high brow – then get yourself upstairs. With a few fresh licks of paint and an insane art collection, this 280-year-old townhouse is perfect for sophisticated yet laid-back, grown-up sipping.

Coco Chanel used to imbibe here, so we say go for classic cocktails and head to the Salon Grande Siècle for a big, bright experience. We’re particularly fond of the bubbly French 75 made with gin, champagne and a whack of lemon for a zesty kick.

If you’re hungry, then tuck into staple fare such as lobster salad or a steak sandwich (done well). And if you’re here, then you know you best be ordering some snails. It’s a sin if you don’t.

Best Bars tip: This labrinthine space is perfect for private parties – no matter the size. Either get your closest pals together for debaucherous drinks in one of the small lounging rooms or throw a massively lavish dinner party for your fanciest friends in the Bureau.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

L'Escargot Soho

La Maison Rémy Martin

La Maison Rémy MartinA members’ only pop-up bar for art lovers and booze lovers alike. Oh yes, it is real. Welcome to La Maison Rémy Martin: a two-week-long, four-storey, fun house in Soho where you can sip down bespoke cocktails created by five of London’s most talented bartenders.

To drink, you’re in great hands: from the Artesian’s Alex Kratena to Alastair Burgess of Happiness Forgets. Whatever creation you get, it’ll be damn tasty. The food menu comes courtesy of Ottolenghi. And if you haven’t experienced his cooking yet, well … you’re in for a treat. On the culture side of things, head over for one of the workshops. One in particular that piqued our interest is the Joseph Lukes Guitars session, where Luke will demonstrate the importance of wood and its aging process by constructing a handmade “Grand Concert Guitar” using Rémy Martin French Limousin oak. Members will be taken through the unique production of the instrument as well as being able to experience how the sound of a guitar changes depending on wood, age, source and density.

It’s invitation only (and we were lucky enough to get a sneak peak). But they’ve kindly extended out that invitation and are selection a lucky 100 people to become members during the next two weeks, just apply online and cross your fingers.

Best Bars tip: This place is perfect for celebrity spotting, so be sure to wear your finest digs.

25 November – 6 December. 19 Greek Street, W1D 4DT.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

La Maison Rémy Martin London

El Camion (The Pink Chihuahua)

El Camion SohoAn industry mecca, El Camion is where the drinks trade comes to party late into the night and sink back tequilas. Dick Bradsell, a legend himself, can sometimes be spotted behind the bar shaking up Espresso Martinis — and he invented them, so you know they’ll be good.

You’d be wise to start off with his coffee cocktail, since this place is open until 3am Monday through Saturday — and there’s no such thing as a quiet drink down here. You come for one, but leave after … well, we can’t remember. If you order tequila shots (and there are literally hundreds of varieties), they’ll be accompanied by homemade sangrita — a pomegranate spicy sipper that cuts through any of that after-kick. Of course, you’ve got to try the famous house cocktail – the Pink Chihuahua – sweet, fruity and ready for a party.

There’s no need to drink on an empty belly since the kitchen dishes out tacos and other Mexican treats until 2am.

Best Bars tip: Swing by for a bite upstairs and ask to get a membership card, this should speed up the entry process on all of your subsequent visits.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

El Camion Soho

Salvatore’s Bar at Playboy Club

Salvatores Bar at Playboy Club LondonOne of the very best in the business at what he does, Salvatore Calabrese always delivers. As expected, the drinks are exceptional, but at Salvatore’s Bar, you can really feel the magic of the Maestro as you are welcomed into his world for an amazing evening of dazzling indulgence.

You are graciously greeted upon entering and then escorted through to the main bar, walking past a honeycomb-style display cabinet filled with Salvatore’s private collection of liquid history which is in itself an astonishing sight to behold. Then you’ll head on into the softly candlelit piano bar where you see the glittering honeycomb backbar. Amidst the glitz and glamour of the “live the dream” Playboy brand is a space that manages to deliver exactly what a world-class cocktail bar should. The ridiculously cool Liquid History list is the other star of the show here and if your pockets run deep enough, you can sip away on a glass of 1788  Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac at £5,000 a glass!

The Sherry Cobbler is a killer cocktail made with elderberry sugar, sherry and sour cherry wine served in an ice-encrusted julep tin that is in a word, delicious. For something with a bit more kick try the super-tasty Marked Man; made with Maker’s Mark bourbon, Campari, freshly pressed orange juice, mint and ginger.

Best Bars tip: Try and get in a little early to grab a Breakfast Martini at the bar with Salvatore and you’ll see for yourself why he holds court in the drinks world as the host with the most.

— Matthew Bray-Heather

Salvatores Bar at Playboy Club London cocktails

Coya

Coya Restaurant and BarServing up a slice of Peruvian paradise is the chic and glossy Coya. This spot comes courtesy of restaurateur Arjun Waney (Roka, Zuma) and feels every inch of that luxe-cool factor he is known for. Downstairs you’ll find the artfully Latin-twinged restaurant and bar, with Peruvian masks, metallic bartops, and brightly coloured furnishings.

The open-air kitchen and massive Josper grill will quickly whet your appetite — and there’s more than enough to satiate it. To start, order yourself the salmon tacos — what they lack in size, they make up for in taste. The sea bream ceviche is a must, zesty and fresh with a balance of textures — crispy corn, delicate white fish and gentle chillies. For meatier fare, try the ox heart anticuchos with parsley and rocoto chill. Tender, juicy and big on flavour. When in Peru drink as the Peruvians do, so it’s pisco all the way here. The classic Pisco Sour is light and bright without overdoing it on the froth. Or if you want more of a fruity occasion, then go for one of the house-infused concoctions. The passionfruit is particularly popular, and we can taste why.

Go all out and book yourself onto the chef’s table (she’s a stunner). And if you’re looking for a more exclusive experience, apply to become part of the members’ bar upstairs. Striking a balance between edgy and luxury, there’s even an open-air terrace out back.

Best Bars tip: Look out for the bangin’ Midsummer White parties. This is serious business here — all-white attire, boatloads of bubbly and DJs spinning party tunes for a bouncy Mayfair crowd. And forget lazy Sundays, nip by for brunch — for £55, you’ll get unlimited champagne, loads of nibbles (both starters and mains), live tunes and kids under 10 eat free.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

Coya Bar Restaurant

Disco

Disco

*This bar is currently closed.*

Make your way through the PanAm door, pick up your boarding pass, set down your things on the conveyor belt and off you go. So you may not be boarding an actual plane, but you’re in for a trip you’ll remember (or maybe not so much). Disco is ready to take you straight back to 1970s Manhattan.

This is a place for late-night partying and forgetting about the morning. And with live music on Thursdays and some big names of House often popping by, you’ll have no difficulty getting into the vibe. The staff itself joins in on the party too with disco moves that’ll make you jealous.

Better get your mates together because the star drink comes in a massive disco ball, and mixes Moët and Chandon Champagne, Belvedere Vodka, Chambord, Malibu and Midori. Big, sweet and bubbly … right on theme. If sharing ain’t your thing, you’ll (obviously) want the Michael Jackson – El Jimador Reposado Tequila with a splash of crème de mûre and topped with lightly spiced ginger beer. Didn’t you always want to drink out of a mug that looks like MJ’s mug?

Best Bars tip: Disco is a members club, but you can request guest membership for a taster of this wild Soho hang. We reckon you’ll want to come to this time-travel spot again.

— Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest

Disco